How to Build a Cross-Border Tech Startup When You're Fighting

The only thing separating Israel and a pool of affordable talent is a border patrolled by soldiers

Palestinian protesters scuffle with Israeli security forces during clashes following a demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Feb. 6, 2015, to protest against the expansion of Jewish settlements on Palestinian land.

Photographer: Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images

Israel's technology scene has become the envy of just about every country on the planet. The small nation has cultivated a dense population of adept programmers and dealmakers whose inventions are attracting piles of cash from overseas. One byproduct of that success is rising wages. Like their counterparts in Silicon Valley, engineers in Tel Aviv are fiercely courted, which forces companies to chase a small, elite group commanding higher salaries, stock, and other perks.

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